TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
TillVAS             Till Valley Archaeological Society


Welcome to the website of the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS).


The Society's core aim is "To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till".


We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland. However, we are not averse to straying into other areas of the Border lands when it suits us to do so!


< Please click on the tabs on the top left-hand side of this page to learn about the Society and its activities.




Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge


The website has a dual purpose:-

Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.

Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.

The Till Valley in north Northumberland, UK, is rich in history and archaeological sites. It is also an attractive and varied landscape. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.                      


All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS.

Photo-A concentrated effort in a trench below Branxton Hill in the area where the Scots army found themselves in difficult ground on 9th September 1513 at the Battle of Flodden.

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APRIL 2015


Thank you to everyone from Branxton & Crookham who came along to the two meetings on 8th and 9th April to learn about the village atlas project. Thank you also to those who volunteered for one or more of the activity groups. More news soon! - but, meanwhile, click on the tabs for the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas and the Photograph Gallery.


The first excavations of the season have been announced by Flodden 500 at Wark Castle from 18th to 28th April. Members have been e-mailed with the details and the booking arrangements (via e-mail to Flodden500@gmail.com), but note that places are limited to 15 people each day, so—book now! See Photograph Gallery for  views of the excavations.



On 6th May, the talk by be by Professor Sam Turner of Newcastle University on "Understanding Landscapes using Remote Sensing Techniques". The talk will be in Crookham Village Hall, at 7.30pm.



1. 28th April. The start of the free Introductory Lectures on Scottish Archaeology on Tuesday evenings in Birgham Village Hall. Members will have received booking details from Flodden1513.

2. 28th April. An evening visit to Castle Heaton ruins and surrounds. Limited to 20 people. Not suitable for those with mobility problems. Details of arrangements and booking details have been e-mailed to members.

3. 29th April. First meeting of the Activity Groups for the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas at Crookham Village Hall at 7.00pm.

4. 11th & 12th May. The Flodden Finds Identification Free Training Course at Birgham Village Hall. Members will have received booking details from Flodden1513.

5. 13th May. Village Walk around  Crookham. Meet at the Village Hall at 6.30pm. This will be of interest to all those who have signed up for one or more of the Activity Groups for the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas but it is open to all members of TillVAS and all residents of Crookham.

6. 14th May. Village Walk around Branxton, as above but meet at Branxton Village Hall at 6.30pm.

7. 17th June. There will be a coach visit to Vindolanda Roman fort and civilian settlement just south of Hadrian's Wall, as well as a look at the Roman Army Museum. Details of arrangements and how to book will be e-mailed to members.

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see the March Newsletter.


Please note that TillVAS now has its own Twitter account in order to 'spread the word'. To see what it is like and to see all the links that are building up, simply enter @TillVAS in your browser.


Click on Report on Events, above, for detailed accounts of press reports.


The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop, Etal Village Shop and Ford Village Shop.


There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.